Sunday April 13, 2014
Passion (Palm) Sunday

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Fr. John's Message

Dear Friends,
Holy Week is here.  Lent is just about over.  If you're like me the question of "how did it move so quickly?" is swirling through your mind. Here on Palm Sunday of The Lord's Passion we hear Matthew's account of Jesus going to the Cross. What does hearing this once again make us feel? Be attentive to what is going in your heart and mind during today's Mass but also through the week.
For most of us this will be just another week which will culminate with Easter Sunday.  What a glorious day Easter will be.  But for the whole Church this is the most important and sacred week of our lives.  We have the opportunity to probe more deeply the mysteries of our faith.  Holy Thursday will bring us to the Last Supper.  Good Friday will bring us to Golgotha. Saturday night and Sunday morning will bring us to the Great Vigil and Easter Day -- joining the Risen Jesus and his disciples at the empty tomb and the upper room.  Will you join us for these sacred moments which recall the great events that offer us light, life and salvation?  A blessed Holy Week to you all.
Fr. John

Season of Lent

Lenten Regulations
The law of abstinence applies to those who are 14 years of age and older, and an individual is to abstain from meat on those days.  The law of fast applies to those individuals of the age of 18 to 59, and it means that an individual is limited to one meatless meal.  An individual may have two other meatless meals on that day, but taken together, they should not equal another meal.  Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence

Lenten Schedule of Activities

Daily Mass schedule:  
7:00am Monday through Wednesday
Stations of the Cross:
Noon Friday
Wednesday evening 6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Sacred Triduum Schedule

Lent ends with Evening Prayer on Holy Thursday, and then we celebrate the Sacred Triduum, the holiest days in the Church’s calendar.  It is during the Triduum that we celebrate the saving events of the paschal mystery, the Last Supper and the death and resurrection of Our Lord.  The schedule for these days is:

Thursday, April 17th
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm
Adoration will continue until 11:00pm
Friday, April 18th
The Passion of Our Lord at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 19th
Easter Vigil at 8:00pm
We encourage all to consider attending these celebrations.  On Easter, April 20th, Masses will be celebrated at 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am, and 12:15pm. There will be no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Lenten Area Daily Masses

8:00am Monday to Wedneday – Holy Family, E. Taunton
9:00am Monday to Wednesday – Holy Cross, So. Easton
7:00am & 9:00am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater.

Faith Formation News

Sacrament of Confirmation

On Sunday, March 30th, and Sunday, April 6th, Fr. Michael McManus conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation to 76 of our young people. The complete list of those who were confirmed is here, along with a downloadable copy of the program.

Our congratulations to these young men and women, to their parents, families and sponsors.  We thank Lisa Donahue, Kristin Kreckler, and the table and peer leaders for a job well done!

Faith Formation Classes

Our Faith Formation classes have concluded for this year. We would like to give a big thank you to all of our teachers, classroom assistants, table leaders, peer leaders and volunteers who have assisted us all year!!! Our program depends on the commitment of all of these wonderful people!

If you are at all interested in helping in our program, which will start up again in the fall, please contact Lisa Donahue or Kristin Kreckler at the office (508) 824-9021 or by email at

Parish News & Events

Coffee & Donuts

Coffee and donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We would like to thank John & Sharyn Pasquale and Roberta & Kyle Gilson for assisting this weekend.

We are always looking for helpers, and it’s a nice way to make friends and meet new people.  If you are interested please call Bev Morgan at 508-823-9183.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

Your response to our food requests has been overwhelmingly supportive.  Your donations are much appreciated.  Have a Blessed Easter!  Our heartfelt thanks!                  

St. Ann's Knights of Columbus Scholarship Applications

St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council #10289 college scholarship applications are available.
The St. Ann Knights of Columbus announces applications for the 2014 scholarship and award contest to high school seniors. Registered members of St. Ann’s Parish in Raynham are invited to apply. One $500 sponsored scholarship will be awarded. To obtain an application, interested students can call Fred Mailloux at 508-824-5066.  The completed application and required attachments are due to the scholarship committee no later than Monday, May 12, 2014.

Parish Necrology

Each week, our parish necrology – a listing of the anniversaries of those parish members who have gone before us – is published. We ask that you keep these folks in your prayers, particularly on the anniversary of their death.  
Fr. John

April 8 Milton A. Medeiros 2000 April 13 Joseph Gaspar 1981 April 16 Ann M. Barnes 1998
  Alfred V. Phillipe 2005   Mary Jane Doran 1995   Elizabeth A. Donaldson 2001
April 9 Alice Carlson 1992   Agnes Sorrentino 1998   Louise DeLeo 2007
  Hedda Nelson 1992   Gertrude R. Olson 1998   Wayne M. Cheatham 2009
  Andrew Galligan 2003 April 14 James Thomas Ferreira 2000 April 17 Bernard H. Murphy 1976
  Beatrice Rocha 2004   Dennis J. Taylor 2002   Raymond Bellemore 1984
April 10 Andrew B. Andresco 1997   Maximillian J. Bella 2003   Rita J. O'Brien 1998
  Marie O'Brien 2005 April 15 Henry P. Hodges 1989   Ruth A. McRae 1998
  Abel Ventura 2008   Mary F. Anderson 2010   Gianna-Rae Coughlin 2006
April 11 Ellen Cloutier 1974 April 16 Edward J. Murby 1981 April 19 Cecelia M. Delaney 1997
April 12 John Filip 1970   George R. O'Brien 1996   Mildred Mannetta 1998
  Anne M. Laughlin 2000         Lillian T. Gaouette 1999

Operation Rice Bowl

One of the ways that we can sacrifice during Lent is to participate in the Rice Bowl project.  This allows us to identify with the hungry by cutting back on some of our meals and donating the money to Operation Rice Bowl.  The proceeds are given to Catholic Relief Services to assist the hungry throughout the world.  Why not participate and make this part of your Lenten discipline?  Rice Bowls are available in the pews this weekend.

Eucharistic Ministers - Lectors - Altar Servers


The new schedule for April, May, and June is now available for viewing, printing
or downloading by clicking here. The schedule is also available for viewing on this website here


Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers:
Please sign up in the vesting room to assist at Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services.

Fall River Diocese 
Area Schools

Coyle and Cassidy High School

Coyle and Cassidy High School; and Middle School division is accepting applications for grades 6-12!  Grades 6-8 visit website to apply,  Grades 9-12 visit

St. Mary's Primary School

Save the Date!!!  

St. Mary's Primary School invites you to join us for Teacher Night on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the McDonald's on Route 44 in Raynham.  All proceeds (including the drive-thru) will go to benefit our school. Save yourself the trouble of cooking dinner, support a great cause, and meet some wonderful people from our St. Mary's school community! 

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Spots are filling quickly for our 3 and 4 year old Pre-K programs. Call 508-822-3746 or send an inquiry to our Principal, Sandra Drummey at  Find us on the web:

Fall River Diocese 
News and Events

Resurrection Music Drama

Enhance your observance of Lent by attending the Resurrection Music Drama on Saturday, April 12th at 7:30pm at the Holy Cross Parish, 226 Purchase Street, Easton.  Performed by the Saint Patrick Family Players of St. Patrick Parish, Watertown, “Resurrection” is the inspirational story of Simon Peter and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.  A free-will offering will be taken for the continued ministry of the Family Players. 

Camp Fatima & Camp Bernadette

Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are now accepting registrations for the 2014 summer season. The camps, which are located in the Lakes Region of NH, offer 2-week overnight sessions for children, ages 6-15. Contact Michael Drumm at 603-364-5851, or visit us at, to request a brochure and DVD. Please don’t wait as sessions do fill up quickly. 

Area Daily Mass Schedules

St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater   St. Jude the Apostle, Taunton
Monday – Friday 7:00am & 9:00am,
Saturday 9:00am
  Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday 9:00am
Holy Cross, South Easton    Holy Family, East Taunton
Monday – Friday 9:00am   Monday – Saturday 8:00am

Emmaus Retreat

Have you experienced an Emmaus retreat yet?
Emmaus is a retreat program for men and women (ages 20+) who seek to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, regardless of their present level of faith and practice.

We want to extend a heartfelt invitation for you to join us on our next Emmaus weekend. You'll be welcomed by a loving community of individuals who are committed to helping people from all walks of life experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

Our next Emmaus weekend will be at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown, on May 30th through June 1st.  For more information or for an application, contact: Brittany Juszkiewicz at the application deadline is May 9, 2014 and be sure visit our website:

St. Ann's On Facebook

St. Ann's Parish is on Facebook! Click the "Like" button below. Fr. John will be posting to the group on a regular basis, so come converse with him on Facebook!  

Community Information
and Announcements

Recycle Saturdays

There will be a recycling event at the Bridgewater Intermediate School on Saturday, April 5th and at the LaLiberte School in Raynham on Saturday, April 12th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  For a small fee drop off your old electronics:
Stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, Fax machines, Printers, Computer monitors, PCs, Car Batteries  $5.00 each
Small Microwave ovens, Air conditioners, Humidifiers $10.00 each
Large Microwave ovens $15.00 each
TVs under 25” $20.00 each
TVs over 25” $22.00 each
Console TV $30.00 each
Do your spring cleaning & help support the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Class of 2014 Senior Lock-in.  

Hope Hospice Volunteers

Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and families.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available that match your specialized expertise, unique talents and interest in caring for others.  Volunteer opportunities include providing emotional support and companionship, respite care to caregivers, pet therapy, Reiki, massage and administrative assistance.  All Volunteers participate in a comprehensive training program.  To learn more: contact,  call (508) 957-0270, or visit  Hope Hospice is part of the HopeHealth family of services. 

Become a Mentor Foster Parent

Make a difference in the life of a child from your own community. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours. As a foster parent, you will receive $350 tax free weekly stipend per child, 24/7 support and On-Going Skill Development. Foster Children have their own insurance and additional money that is available for clothing allowances, birthday’s & holidays. To change a life of a child in need in your community call today! Massachusetts MENTOR visit or call us at 508-995-3251 ext 5619.

Choose Life

St. Ann's Respect Life Ministry has a great suggestion for parishioners to take a stand for life.  All you need to do is change your license plate! The Massachusetts "Choose Life" license plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and much needed funding to support the positive choices of adoption and safe havens. To order "The Choose Life" plate, or for more information, visit Click on the "Purchase a Choose Life Plate" link for the Massachusetts RMV webpage.  It's easy and goes to a great cause - and you don't have to wait in line!

What Are The Requirements To Be A Godparent Or Sponsor?

In order to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, you must be a confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old, registered in a parish and practicing your faith by weekly participation at Mass. If you are married your marriage must be recognized as valid by the Church.  If you have any questions about this, see either Fr.John or Deacon Joe.

Brookhaven Hospice Volunteer Training

Free Hospice Volunteer Training. We are seeking compassionate, caring people who would like to volunteer for our hospice company.  If you have spare time, would like to give back, or need volunteer hours, you could fulfill all of those, while enriching the lives of hospice patients.  We need people who would provide companionship, friendliness, and a kind heart to those who end of life patients.

If you, or someone you know, would like to attend a free training on being a hospice volunteer, please contact us.  Here at Brookhaven we believe in Celebrating Life.  For more information contact: Jenn Fenuccio Volunteer Coordinator at 855-820-4801.  Visit our web site


The Cancer Care Community Advisory Board – the CABbies – is an all volunteer group with a commitment to help patients and survivors of the greater Taunton area from their cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We assist with short term financial assistance and a variety of other needs.

Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria Annex or call Mary Machado at 508-823-4608 or Ginny Starvish at 508-828-7920 for assistance or more information.

The Office for Child Protection

The Office for Child Protection would like to remind those in ministry with our children to maintain appropriate boundaries at all times. Meeting alone in isolated areas, e-mailing or calling too much, being involved in too many of the minor’s activities, showing favoritism or giving special gifts and communicating with our youth over social networking sites such as MySpace and Face Book, violates appropriate boundaries in our relationships with young people.

If you would like more information about what types of interactions are inappropriate, please call Debora Jones at 508-674-4681.

The Sunday Mass

The Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family Channel from 6:30am to 7:00am each Sunday morning.

The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of New York City and is available on DirecTV (channel 311), DishTV (channel 180) and Comcast Cable (channel 26/HD 826). To early for you? Tivo it or watch it online at

Adoption by Choice

Adoption by Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services, provides confidential supportive pregnancy counseling to individuals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy can sometimes mean making difficult but very important decisions. Our licensed counselors are available to meet with individuals and their families whenever they might need someone to share concerns about an unplanned pregnancy and the future of the baby.

Please call 508-674-4681 if you or someone you know might want to explore the agency’s services, and ask to speak with a pregnancy counselor. The Catholic Social Service website also provides additional information on our services:

Traveling? Mass Schedules Nationwide

For nationwide Mass times and locations, you may call 1-410-676-6000 or visit

Catholic TV On The Web

 Or click here to visit

New Words, Same Mass

Examining the New English Translation of the Mass

Why a new translation? Which prayers are changing? How will it affect our celebration of the Mass?

A video presentation explaining the changes to the Mass, given by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, director of the Office for Worship of the Fall River Diocese and the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, is available for viewing on Youtube in a five-part series. Links to the video are here:
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5


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A Word of Welcome to New Parishioners!

Please introduce yourselves to Fr. John or Deacon Joe so that we can better serve you.
We hope that you will become involved with our parish,
and we look forward to your presence and participation each week.
Sacrament Preparation
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We want to keep in touch with our parishioners 
It is important to let us know when one becomes homebound or enters a nursing home or long-term care so that we can touch base and see if they would like to receive Holy Communion.
Please help keep us informed of these changes.

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